DMED H2026 - Digital Audio

Short Title:Digital Audio
Full Title:Digital Audio
Module Code:DMED H2026
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Ian Cudmore
Module Description:Module Aims: • To give students a theoretical grounding in the fundamentals of digital audio • To give students practical experience and skills in creating and editing non-linear digital audio projects
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Discuss the fundamental theories of sound and audio in a digital context
  2. Capture audio in a digital format
  3. Explain the events that comprise the post-production workflow
  4. Create and organize sound and sound effects into a project
  5. Apply the basic principles of digital audio editing to create projects
  6. Identify and implement the appropriate compression technologies required for output to a particular digital medium

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Audio Theory
• Fundamentals of sound • Analogue and digital audio • Microphones and Recording Techniques • Digital processing of audio - sound manipulation and fx
Technology Overview
• Industry tools for audio production • Hardware and software requirements for capturing, editing and end users • Common AV equipment and cabling standards
Digital Media project and Planning
• Storyboarding • Location selection and environment analysis • Session Management
Audio Capture and Editing
• Overview of audio capture hardware • Capture methods for audio • Audio editing techniques • Creating sound effects
Sound Editing
• Normalizing • Noise Reduction • Audio resoration • Mixing • Exporting
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %100.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Lab work Short lab-based exercises including Vox-Pop Interviews and Creating music with found-sound recordings. 1,2,3,4,5,6 20.00 n/a
Project Podcast / Audio Documentary 1,2,3,4,5,6 60.00 n/a
Case study Case study or analysis of a given theory-based topic 1,3,6 20.00 n/a
No Final Exam Assessment %
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 30.00
Every Week 30.00
Every Week 60.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Jerry C. Whitaker, editor 2002, Master handbook of audio production, McGraw-Hill New York [ISBN: 0071408762]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_DDMED_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Digital Media [240 ECTS credits] 4 Mandatory
BN_DDMED_7 Bachelor of Arts in Creative Digital Media [180 ECTS credits] 4 Mandatory